Romney, Bachmann Lead In 2012 Iowa Caucus Poll

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A new Iowa Poll shows national Republican presidential frontrunner Mitt Romney and tea party favorite Michele Bachmann leading among the state’s likely GOP caucus-goers.

The poll conducted for The Des Moines Register shows Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, with support from 23 percent in Iowa. Bachmann, the Minnesota representative who plans to launch her campaign in Iowa on Monday, has support from 22 percent.

Romney was the No. 2 finisher in the caucuses in his bid for the 2008 GOP nomination. Bachmann is a three-term congresswoman and newer face in the 2012 White House mix.

The results are based on telephone interviews with 400 likely Republican Iowa caucus-goers from June 19 to 22. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.9 percentage points.

Romney has said he plans to run a scaled-down Iowa campaign, compared to the all-out, $10-million effort he waged for the 2008 caucuses.

Tim Pawlenty has been the most aggressive about campaigning in Iowa, having lined up top Iowa and national consultants, been a frequent visitor to the state and ran the 2012 campaign’s first Republican candidate television advertisements last week.

However, only 6 percent of Iowa Republicans expected to attend the 2012 caucuses prefer the former Minnesota governor as their choice, according to the poll.

Former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich, whose campaign has struggled since widespread staff departures this month, has support from 7 percent, the same as Texas Representative Ron Paul.

Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum has 4 percent, followed by former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, who has said he will not campaign in Iowa, with 2 percent.

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  • lee

    So glad to see Pawlenty is not doing well.

    • Cheryl

      The only votes Pawlenty will get are from Iowa Pigs that can’t write.

  • dotherightthing

    Bachman is a right wing nut case, shes an idiot thus is understandable because you need a complete moron to lead the tea party, thier arrogance isn’t enough.

    • Ferris Lind

      your an idiot

      • Billy Stevenson

        no, you’re an idiot

        • Carl

          Go to be Billy. Or grow up. No one after 12 calls themself Billy. ROTFLMAO.

          • Mr. Stevenson

            It is Mr. Stevenson to you pal!

        • Terry

          Hey Billy Willie how old are you. Time to get to bed. Let mama tuck you in and turn off the computer like a good 10 year old

          • Billy Stevenson

            mmk… I have a feeling that you are the same person that posted 2 minutes after Carl.

          • Jimmy Dean

            mmk… I have a feeling that you are the same person that posted 2 minutes after Carl.

            • Duplicate Steve

              hello, my name is duplicate steve

            • Billy Stevenson again


        • Iconoclast

          I don’t think Carl or Terry understand grammar, spelling or sentence structure either Billy. YOU’RE OK in my book dude.

    • Cheryl

      She and Palin are you liberal nut cases worst nightmare, Now dotherighthing and go find a job instead of living off the Obama welfare programs. If your lucky you can find in a dark alley someone to sell you the drugs your on for food stamps. rotflmao What a loser.

  • FreddieBaby

    Just the fact that Bachmann has support from 22% of the polled voters is a testament to how stupid Americans, especially right leaning Americans, have become. As Forrest Gump so eloquently said “Stupid is as stupid does”.

  • bob james

    they are ignoring Ron Paul and even being dishonest about the stats

  • Mark from Minnesota Tax Waste

    Go Tea Party! 2012 the year we take America back! Les government less taxes to pay for the welfare bums

  • Murph

    Why not insist that all politicians take drug tests in every state they campaign in?That ought to take out most of the people we all hate the worst! It’s time to turn the tables on the lawless lawmakers and put them on notice that it will NOT be business as usual!

  • Carl

    Do we really want a President that believes armageddon is inevitable and a good thing? Neither of those two should have their fingers anywhere near the proverbial button.

    Praise Jebus, God hates rational decision making, Amen.

  • bill

    Islam is coming. You will all die because of your division.

    • Carl

      I’d rather unite against religious fundamentalism of all kinds than around the myth of Christianity.

      Praise Jebus, God hates reason, Amen.

  • Carl

    Bachmann believes the creation myth should be taught as fact but would abolish the Department of Education. She believes the Noah’s Ark story is fact but would abolish the Environmental Protection Agency. She believes the Jonah and the Whale/Big fish story but denies global warming is fact.

    The lady is certifiably fundamentalist, off the deep end whacko and a danger to democracy. That so many support her is evidence that religious zealotry is growing in the US just as in the Middle East.

    Praise Jebus, God hates the enlightenment, Amen.

  • Citizen

    @Carl. Well said, Carl. The religious fanatics parading around right now remind me of the frenzy that surrounded the Salem witch trials. Or the Spanish Inquisition. They are truly scary people and Bachmann is one of the scariest. The fact that the media keeps distorting her influence and keeps her in the spotlight is even scarier!

  • Carl

    @Citizen. I agree, Faux News promotes her as competent and the other media promote her as a spectacle. But they are all just selling tickets to the train wreck she would cause.

  • Citizen

    @Carl. And what a train wreck she is. WHO are the people who give her money? And what is their agenda? I heard one GOP member say that she is controllable, so it sounds as though she will be owned by some special interests somewhere with money–not just religious fanatics.

    • Still Waiting

      She’s the tea party darling. She’s their agenda. Nice picture up top. That about sums it up. Caption should read “huh, I don’t understand”

  • Carl

    Michele Bachmann is one of the American Taliban. They wish to create in America a Christian version of what Islamic extremists did in Iran. Study Doug Coe and his group’s agenda on C Street. Everything she says and does is to further that goal or is a smoke screen.

    Praise Jebus, God hates democracy, Amen.

  • B. Young

    A Mormon and a moron.

    The evangelicals must be torn.

  • chris

    I’d tap that

  • ronpaulouronlyhope

    brain dead Iowanians better get their heads outta their rears and notice Ron Paul

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